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Get the latest in technology news for your weekday commute. The Wall Street Journal's reporters and editors highlight leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. From San Francisco to New York to the hottest conferences, our journalists help you stay plugged in..

    How Algorithms Shape Our Worldviews and What You Can Do About It

    How Algorithms Shape Our Worldviews and What You Can Do About It

    When social media first came on the scene, our feeds were all about reverse chronology: Posts were organized based on the order in which they were sent. Platforms said they introduced algorithms to help us sort through the noise, but as we now know, those algorithms have had much further-reaching implications. Senior Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern explains how we got here and shares some ideas about potential solutions. Amanda Lewellyn hosts.
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    • 13 min
    Social-Media Watchdogs Monitor Extremist Chatter Ahead of Inauguration

    Social-Media Watchdogs Monitor Extremist Chatter Ahead of Inauguration

    Social-media researchers work to keep track of extremist content on the internet, and they try to understand which ideas spread, how, and why. Ahead of the inauguration on Wednesday, cybersecurity reporter David Uberti discusses what researchers are seeing, and how the conversation has changed since the Capitol riot earlier this month. Amanda Lewellyn hosts.
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    • 11 min
    What Happened at This Year's All-Virtual CES

    What Happened at This Year's All-Virtual CES

    CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, is the world's largest tech show and a global crossroads for the tech industry. Personal tech columnists Nicole Nguyen and Joanna Stern tell host Amanda Lewellyn what they saw at this year's all-virtual event. Christopher Zinsli is our supervising producer. Kateri Jochum is the executive producer of WSJ Podcasts.
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    • 15 min
    Social Media Is the New Wall Street Trading Desk

    Social Media Is the New Wall Street Trading Desk

    Interest in day trading has surged during the pandemic. Some of those new users are turning to communities on Twitter, Facebook, Discord and other platforms to share information and tips about where to invest. Markets reporter Caitlin McCabe explains what is behind the trend, and how it could impact the market. Amanda Lewellyn hosts.
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    • 10 min
    What Airbnb Has to Do With Section 230

    What Airbnb Has to Do With Section 230

    Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides legal protections for internet companies as they moderate content. Some lawmakers are calling for those protections to be reformed or even repealed, with those calls growing louder since last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol. Reporter Heather Somerville joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain how Airbnb has relied on Section 230, and how changes to the law could have an impact far beyond social media.
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    • 15 min
    Capitol Riot Puts More Scrutiny on Big Tech

    Capitol Riot Puts More Scrutiny on Big Tech

    Amazon, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other tech companies took unprecedented action to crack down on President Trump and the social platform Parler favored by his supporters, after five people died in riots at the Capitol last week. Tech policy reporter Ryan Tracy joins host Amanda Lewellyn to explain how lawmakers and regulators may respond.
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